The work Third Nature, which has been shown in several group exhibitions and was conceived as a long-term project, will be exhibited at Fotoraum Köln e.V., the Cologne-based exhibition venue for contemporary photography. Opening: Friday, 15th Oct, 7 pm as part of the format ‘Wir haben Gäste’ (we have guests) which combines international contemporary photography at the openings with music, performance or moving images. On this evening from 8 pm, Fotoraum Köln e.V. present the live set of Andreas O. Hirsch, musician, visual artist and inventor of electro-acoustic instruments.

In addition, a conversation between Gianpaolo Arena (CALAMITA/À) & Jan Stradtmann about strategies of documentation as an artistic method will take place on 16th Oct, 6 pm – 8 pm.

CALAMITA/À (founded 2013 – ongoing, curated by Gianpaolo Arena and Marina Caneve) is an independent platform that combines scientific and artistic practices to investigate the territorial transformation after the Vajont dam disaster (Italy, 1963). Third Nature ist part of CALAMITA/À.

Location: Fotoraum Köln e.V.
Herderstr. 88
50935 Cologne
Opening: 15th Oct, from 7 pm
Talk: 16th Oct, 6 pm – 8 pm
Exhibition dates: 15th Oct – 14th Nov 2021, Sundays 3 pm – 6 pm

Since the beginning of 2021, I have been responsible for the organisation and artistic direction of the ‘Passage’ Artist-in-Residence programme. For 2021 and 2022, two artists each year can be invited to the Dübener Heide region (Germany) through the programme. The programme is hosted by the Kultur- und Kunstverein Kemberg e.V. (Kemberg Culture and Art Association) and co-financed by the European Social Fund. Nicoletti & Lopes are responsible for the visual identity. Artists can apply for one of the two residencies in November 2021 until 30th August 2021. All further information can be found on the website: Passage

“The Bruton Correspondence School is pleased to present I DIDN’T LICK IT, its first major exhibition of three hundred artworks made in collaboration with the new correspondence school between March 2020 – June 2021.
During the lockdown, they initiated a mail art exchange brief with local and international artists resulting in a richly personal and political survey of contemporary collage. In this exhibition each art work is displayed as part of an ambitious installation of paintings, collage, photography and written correspondences. The collection will be across four sites in Bruton to enable a walking tour of the work – The Bruton Museum and The Old Pharmacy Wine Bar on the High St, The Dovecote Gallery and The Cellarhand. The exhibition continues the school’s investigations into connectivity, community and personal experience.
The collection showcases the innate ability of collage to construct a fresh and new visual exchange beyond the two dimensional into the structural world and craft of visual making. Whilst experimental, each collage is also didactic, layered with hidden messages, reoccurring motifs and shared concerns that speak as an abstract indicator of the surreal times we are living in. This exhibition is being sponsored by Bruton Museum, The Dovecote Gallery and The Cellarhand.” (text: Bruton Correspondence School)

Location: Bruton Museum & Bruton Correspondence School
3 The High St
Bruton, UK
BA10 0AB
Opening: 24th July, 3.30 pm – 6 pm
Exhibition dates: 24th July – 25th September 2021
Weekdays 11 am – 1 pm, Saturdays 11 am – 3 pm

The work Third Nature, created as part of the CALAMITA/À project, will be presented at Double Dummy in Arles, France, on 7th and 8th July.

During the opening week of the Rencontres de la photographie d’Arles, the CALAMITA/À project will present the current state of the artistic work of the photographers involved in the CALAMITA/À project: Gianpaolo Arena, Marina Caneve, Céline Clanet, François Deladerriere, Petra Stavast and Jan Stradtmann.

Location: Double Dummy
8 Rue Fauré, 13200 Arles
Opening hours: 7th July, 11 am – 6 pm
8th July, 11 am – 8 pm
Artists talk: 8th July, 6 pm

The talk with Marina Caneve, Céline Clanet and Jan Stradtmann, hosted by Rachele Ceccarelli, held on 4th of May 2021, can be found on the YouTube channel of Corpo Opaco.

“For the last appointment of ARTISTS WEBINAR, we invited Marina Caneve, Céline Clanet and Jan Stradtmann. They will present the works selected for Versus, telling us more about their approach and developement: ‘The Shape of Water Vanishes in Water”, “Les Chapieux: géographie d’un secret” and “Third Nature”. All the three photographers, each one chosen by a different team of curators (Corpo Opaco, Galerie l’Aberrante and Fonderia 20.9), participated in CALAMITA/Á. This project is an interdisciplinary research platform born as a territorial investigation on the Vajont history (1963), which focuses on the topics of catastrophes, changes, memories and politics and involves a group of international artists. The meeting will also be the occasion to discuss about this experience and to touch upon some shared topics of investigation and reflection: landscapes and their representation; the ideas of habitat, dwelling, infrastructure and how they shape the relation of communities with their territory; photography and its practice between memory, document, creation, exploration.” (text: Versus; Corpo Opaco)

The Factor in progress. After getting supported with a Denkzeit grant by the Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen (Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony), I made a preprint of a book. This interim step is a tool to understand the sequence of the pictures in a book format. The Factor is a compilation of news, advice, phenomena and other outcomes of the current situation regarding the coronavirus. The project is a mix of unpublished photography from my archive and new material produced for the series. The Factor evolved during with Iacopo Pasqui and was part of the exhibition #ICPConcerned: Global Images for Global Crisis at the International Center of Photography, New York 2020/2021.

Belgravia, published in the book La région humaine.

Cet ouvrage revient sur l’histoire du Bleu du Ciel et les artistes qui ont partagé cette aventure, déjà 20 ans de photographie documentaire…

“Sans revenir sur l’histoire du documentaire photographique depuis Atget, suivi d’Evans, ni sur son renouvellement à travers Jeff Wall, contentons-nous d’ajouter à la suite de l’historien Michel Poivert que « s’invente alors le “nouveau documentaire social”, une pratique mêlant art conceptuel, critique des valeurs de l’art moderniste et volonté d’action politique ». C’est sur cette voie que s’est engagé depuis plus d’une décennie le Bleu du Ciel […] [qui] a montré des créateurs engagés dans une pratique radicale mais non exhaustive de l’approche documentaire, face au monde contemporain, constituant un cursus uni dans une voie commune d’expression, mais présenté dans une suite temporelle, de cet esprit du temps sans cesse en mouvement. Vingt ans, un beau jubilé…” (text: Gilles Verneret)

Publisher: Loco Editions, Le Bleu du Ciel
Editors: Gilles Verneret, Michel Poivert
Design: L’Atelier d’édition
Year: 2021
Language: French
24 x 28 cm, 256 pages
ISBN: 978-2-843140-35-8

EIKON – International Magazine for Photography and Media Art, Vienna, issue #112, 11/2020, pp. 50 – 55

Together with Nela Eggenberger I wrote a text about the exhibition ‘ab_bilden‘, published in the current issue of EIKON Magazine #112. ‘ab_bilden‘ is curated by Jan Stradtmann in cooperation with EIKON as part of EMOP Berlin – European Month of Photography and is on show at the Austrian Cultural Forum in Berlin.

In the wake of the decision on the capital city in 1991, which regulated the relocation of the parliament and the government from the former capital of the FRG, Bonn, to Berlin, in 1996 a call for submissions to an architectural competition was issued to design a new building for the Austrian embassy. It was won by the Austrian architect Hans Hollein (1934–2014). Ten years after the decision to relocate was made, the embassy was officially opened in 2001. The three artists – Gregor Eggenberger, Claudia Larcher and Sinta Werner – represented in the exhibition ‘ab_bilden’ (approximately “de_pict”) take the architecture of the Austrian embassy as the starting point for discussion examining both Hollein’s formal language and his interdisciplinary thought processes. (text: EIKON)

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